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Pet sitting & House sitting job in Far North
*Please note dates are approximate
We are looking for a house/farm sitter for about three weeks mid December in Hallett - located in the the Mid North region of South Australia (Mid North region. This is sheep and wheat country - you will see fields of sheep grazing, fields full of wheat, barley etc. It's a very beautiful area, with wineries in the Clare Valley region about 45 minutes away. Spend your days relaxing with our farm animals, sitting in our garden, or exploring the nearby towns.
Your arrival/departure dates can be flexible, i.e you can arrive a few days earlier and depart a few days later than we are actually away for, as long as you are here while we are away - Welcome to stay a few days either side to make it work for you!
We are looking for someone that is self contained as a first preference, i.e sleep in your own caravan or campervan, however we do have a guest room you can use if you need - not a problem at all (queen bed and single bed). It's just that we have visitors directly after your departure so hoping to have the guest room cleaned/ready before we depart, to save having to do it as soon as we return, but it's not a deal breaker at all!
Welcome to utilise our kitchen, bathroom, laundry, BBQ and lounge etc. We don't have a TV, but we have Wi-Fi.
We have 33 acre property with 1 dog, 2 cats, chooks, guinea fowl, approx 20 sheep, 3 pigs, 3 cows and 2 alpacas.
In terms of looking after the animals, we would require the following:
- Feed our dog and make sure he has water
- Feed our two cats and make sure they have water (they are inside/outside cats). They mostly do their business outside, but sometime use their litter tray if they are inside and no one to let them out. So potentially emptying their litter tray as needed. They generally sleep inside.
- Make sure the chooks and guinea fowl have food. Their water fills up automatically, but would need to check to make sure it actually is filling up. They can free graze during the day, but need to be locked up a night (they generally go back to their coop by themselves, so just need to lock the door.
- Put put grain for cows, sheep, alpacas & pigs daily (depending on our grass levels at the time). Check their water, fill as required.
No need to mow (we will mow before leaving) we would just want our sprinklers put on to water grass and garden. We can run about 4 sprinklers at once, so you can move them around as needed. We generally heavily water a section of the garden each day, and then it is usually fine for a few days.
No need to collect mail.
No rubbish collection on site, so we take our bag of rubbish & recycling to council depot about 4 minutes drive away.
Groceries & medical & other
Jamestown is about 25 minutes drive. Really good Foodland with decent range. Has a hospital, GPs, Library, pharmacy, park, newasgency, 1 pub & 2 cafes.
Burra is about 20 minutes drive, not as good for groceries as their IGA is very small. Also has hospital, GPs, library, park and 4 pubs.
Our garden is a lovely place to relax, lots of birds in our trees and our dam is currently about a 1/2 full so that is also drawing in ducks every now and again (we have a resident goose on the property). Often see Kanagroos, rabbits and hares.
The actual animal chores won't take more than 60 minutes - and you might even collect some fresh eggs for your brekky! Great opportunity to experience farm life on our hobby farm. We have a 2 year old, so the farm is very kid friendly/safe. Great opportunity for the kids to see the animals up close!
Of Interest :
45 minute drive to the Clare Valley Winery region.
Burra antique stores
Clare - coffee shops, gift shops
Gladstone gaol tour
Martindale Hall tour